Feb 27,2007 00:00
WASHINGTON - With National Guard units across
President Bush's plan to escalate the war in
"We expect our Guard to be there for the unexpected, and they have always done so exceptionally well," Senator Pryor said. "However, we can't expect for them to be in two places at once, or continually away from their families as they are called up for duty in
"Our National Guardsmen and women have put their lives on hold to serve in uniform, and they have served valiantly," said Senator Brown. "They deserve better than broken promises from the administration. On behalf of
"With extended deployments overseas, governors' emergency plans are compromised, in terms of troops and equipment," Governor Sebelius said. "As Commanders-in-Chief of our National Guard, we rely on these dedicated citizen soldiers to respond to natural disasters and other threats to public safety."The overwhelming majority of the American people, bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate, and many of President Bush's own top military leaders have said the President's escalation plan is not the right strategy. Placing an unsustainable burden on National Guard units across the country is putting the safety of the American people at risk, and Democrats are committed to holding the President accountable for change.